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Dallas to Edinburgh, Bastille to berries to brats

May 22, 2011

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JULY 8-10

DALLAS

25th Annual Taste of Dallas: Tips for grilling a juicy steak are just some of the secrets that the top chefs of North Texas will be sharing at this celebration. Between sampling dishes from some of the city’s top restaurants, you can listen to live music at Gilley’s Music Stage and meet the players, cheerleaders, and mascots of Dallas’s pro sports teams. (It’s a good idea to leave your Patriots jersey home.) Fair Park, 1200 South Second Ave., adults $8 per day, children under age 12 free, food for sale. www.tasteofdallas.org

JULY 1-3

EDINBURGH

Taste of Edinburgh: Scottish cuisine goes well beyond oatmeal, haggis, and finnan haddie. This dining festival is organized around mealtimes, with lunch and dinner sessions daily where chefs from 15 top restaurants present starter-sized versions of some of their most famous dishes. The Meadows, adults $19.70, ages 8-16 $9.85, food for sale. 011-44-871-297-0742, www.tasteofedinburgh.co.uk

JULY 16-17

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.

24th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival: With worldwide French cuisine ranging from Brittany crepes and Cajun gumbo to Vietnamese egg rolls, and good old hot dogs in a baguette, Californians know how to celebrate Bastille Day weekend. Entertainment includes cancan dancers, accordionists, Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier tributes, jazz, Moroccan belly dancing, and folk singing. Dog owners will flaunt their canines at the Poodle Parade on Sunday, and drawings will award vacations to Paris and French Polynesia. Ooh-la-la! Oak Park, free admission and parking, food for sale. 805-751-5859, www.frenchfestival.com

JULY 22-23

PORTLAND, Ore.

Oregon Berry Festival: Hot summer days and cool evenings make Oregon berries especially sweet. This new festival celebrates the state’s bounty of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cranberries with cooking demonstrations and a berry cookoff among local chefs. Purchase tickets in advance for the Gala Dinner featuring berries in each of the five courses. Ecotrust event spaces, Jean Vollum Natural Capitol Center, 721 NW Ninth Ave., free admission, food for sale; Gala Berry Dinner $80. 541-456-2264, www.oregonberryfestival.com

PLAN AHEAD

JULY 28-31

MILWAUKEE

German Fest: How many food festivals do you know that have their own card games to be played while eating bratwurst and drinking beer? (It’s called “Sheepshead.’’) Milwaukee’s “Haus Party’’ has been an annual event since 1981 featuring prodigious consumption of strudel (15,000 pieces), brats (20,000), sauerkraut (5 tons), dumplings (9,000 pounds), and assorted other Germanic taste treats, . making it seem like Oktoberfest has arrived a few months early. 200 North Harbor Drive, adults $13 ($10 in advance), students and over 59 $7, under 12 free, food for sale. 414-464-9444, www.germanfest.com

PATRICIA HARRIS AND DAVID LYON

Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; check online. Patricia Harris and David Lyon can be reached at harris.lyon@verizon.net. Read their food and travel blog at HungryTravelers.com.